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Spend a Day Exploring Our Favorite Things to Do in Downtown Tampa

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It’s 5 PM on Friday. You’re watching the clock as if it’s counting down to midnight on New Year’s Eve. 

*where’s the champagne?!* 

The workweek is minutes away from being over, and you’re sitting on the edge of your chair. 

Then suddenly, it occurs to you. You have zero weekend plans. And while this may be great news for your dog, it’s not exactly pleasing to you. 

You pause to recenter and mentally scan your options. There’s a market in Hyde Park you’ve fluttered through more times than you can count. If you’re brave enough, you could tan by the pool without getting torrentially rained on in the morning…but then what? 

We vote for trying something new. Spend an afternoon exploring the streets of Downtown Tampa! 

If you’re scratching your head in utter desperation, curious about what the city has to offer, don’t worry. We’ll get you up to speed on all of the amazing things to do in Downtown Tampa. 

Relax at a Coffee Shop

Cafes And Coffee Shops In Channelside: Victory Coffe

Victory Coffee & Tea

Located in Channelside, this little coffee shop is extremely popular with the local residents. Serving King State Coffee, sip on a delicious soy latte–one of the best in Tampa, by the way–a secret menu Lavender Vanilla Iced Coffee, or whatever your go-to order is. 

Add a breakfast item or sandwiches to complete your perfect meal!  Order the everything bagel with avocado–trust us, avocado toast will never be the same. 

Quick tip: if you are a dog lover, this is puppy central.  Visitors are known to bring the cutest dogs to this coffee shop!

Hours & Location
Saturday–Sunday | 7:00am–2:00pm
📍101 N 12th St, Tampa, FL 33602

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Visit One of the Best Cocktail Bars

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Park & Rec Tampa

Calling all game lovers, late-night enthusiasts, and anyone looking for endless entertainment…enjoy drinks and various games at Park & Rec! This arcade and bar provide adults with a fun flashback playground with odes to the ’90s.

Sip on sweet party pouches as you play retro arcade games, table hockey, garbage pong (giant beer pong), giant Jenga, and more.

Hours & Location
Monday | Closed
Tuesday –Friday | 5:00pm–3:00am
Saturday–Sunday | 12:00pm–3:00am
📍 290 S Meridian Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

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Eat at These Incredible Restaurants

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Dio Modern Mediterranean is a true date destination. Velvet gem-toned booths and whitewashed exposed brick make for a darling atmosphere, with plates inspired by the coastal shores of the Mediterranean.

If you’re in the “I want to endlessly impress you” stage of your relationship, order the Astakos Linguine. It’s served with a beautiful whole lobster perched on a nest of linguine with Santorini tomato sauce. The entire situation is perfectly Instagrammable and highly delicious.

Hours & Location
Sunday–Thursday | 11:00am–12:00am 
Friday–Saturday | 11:00am–2:00am
📍 519 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

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Anchor and Brine
The Battery

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Grab a Quick Bite

Eddie &Amp; Sam’s New York Pizza - Best Pizza In Tampa

Gigantic pizza slices made with New York water-infused dough? Yes, please. Eddie & Sam’s is home to Downtown Tampa’s best New York Style Pizza, slinging classic slices like Grandma’s Pie and Eggplant Parmigiana.

Their menu offers everything from salads and heros to pizzas and pasta, and you can be in-and-out within 15 minutes. Grab a creamy scoop of gelato on your way out. It’s perfettamente!

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Spend A Day Exploring Our Favorite Things To Do In Downtown Tampa 2022

Revel in the Riverwalk

Things To Do In Downtown Tampa: Take A Romantic Stroll On The Riverwalk

There’s so much to do and see along the Tampa Riverwalk. From shows at the Straz Center to relaxing at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, or having dinner at The Sail. Plan your next adventure there by checking out our guide to the Tampa Riverwalk!

Find Inspiration at a Local Museum

Museums In Downtown Tampa

“Welcome to wander. Welcome to wonder.” That’s the mantra the Tampa Museum of Art lives by every single day. We love this gorgeous two-story museum for its commitment to talent and imagination. They’re known for their rotating exhibits, showcasing world-class artists like Yayoi KusamaYou can see what’s currently on exhibit here.  

Insider tip: If you’re a Bank of America cardholder, you’re eligible for free admission on the first weekend of every month.

Hours & Location
Monday–Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm
📍120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

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Treat Yourself to a Little Entertainment

Things To Do In Downtown Tampa: Watch The Tampa Bay Lightning At Amalie Arena

Amalie Arena is the cornerstone of the best things to do in Downtown Tampa. It’s home to our beloved Tampa Bay Lightning team and gives our city access to every headlining artist we could ever hope to see in concert. See for yourself.

Hours & Location
Upcoming schedule
📍 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

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More Things to Do in Downtown Tampa

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See you in the city!

Melissa Santell

Melissa Santell

Melissa is a Tampa Bay-based lifestyle and food writer, with a serious love for cooking Italian Food, photography, and reading her Aquarian horoscope. Melissa’s work has also appeared on Thought Catalogue, Entrepreneurial Chef Magazine, and Creative Loafing. She is a University of Tampa Alumni and was previously named 30 Under 30 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. When Melissa isn’t writing, she’s flexing her digital marketing muscles for clients or shooting food photos for her upcoming cookbook. Find Melissa on Instagram at @melsantell.

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